Did you know that Barry Goldwater helped save taxpayer funding for Sesame Street back in the day? Or that the yellow-skinned muppet Bert was seen consorting with Bin Laden right after the 9/11 attacks? Or that the show's politically correct research director in the 1990s once declared that the part of a chicken in a make-believe play could only be played by...a make-believe chicken?
In The Washington Post, Nick Gillespie reviews Michael Davis's Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street. A snippet:
Street Gang is mired in unnecessary details, endless litanies of names and prose that is several shades more purple than the skin of Count von Count, the show's obsessive-compulsive, mathematically inclined vampire. "Jon Stone approached a typewriter in the same way that a concert pianist approached a Steinway," Davis writes in a typical flourish, describing a co-producer of the show. Elsewhere, he intones that when Cooney decided to wean her production company off federal assistance, "she had unwittingly made a kind of Sophie's Choice. Sesame Street would survive, The Electric Company would not."